Membership has its privileges — like drinking Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($125) while visiting with Jack E. O’Asses, a rescued wild donkey — at this outdoor experience in Yountville.
Last summer, second-generation proprietor Lindsay Hoopes transformed the family’s 12-acre plot into a stylish alfresco salon to better enjoy the surroundings, which include the estate vineyard, gardens and animal rescue sanctuary.
You can sip inside the midcentury modern tasting room, too, but it’s very close to the bustling kitchen. The best spots to taste through the winery’s cabernets, chardonnays, syrah, merlot and rosé are on the shaded deck or near the gardens, where an Airstream, patio misters and a sign that says “I swear to drunk I’m not God” keep things cool. You’ll also be closer to the goats, pigs and chickens that call Oasis home.
And while you don’t need to be a member to visit, be aware that fees add up quickly — the table fee recently rose from $50 per adult per hour to $100 for 90 minutes — and that tastings are done via bottle service (starting at $30) or mini bottles (4 for $85). That said, they start you off with a complimentary taste, and you can ask to taste any other current release for free.
The sips: We loved the 2016 Hoopes Rosé, a bright yet creamy pink made from estate vines. The 2015 Sophie’s Block Syrah was also a stunner, its dark fruit notes pairing beautifully with the dynamite cheese board ($75). With a baguette, three artisanal cheeses, two jams, dehydrated fruits, Marcona almonds and Castelvetrano olives, it’s lunch for two or three.
Details: Non-member prices vary (annual membership starts at $1,200). If you’re bringing kids, there’s a child fee ($20), which includes a goodie bag. Appointments recommended. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at 6204 Washington St. in Napa; www.hoopesvineyard.com